Annie Solan, co-owner with her husband Barry of Video Americain, the three-store video and DVD chain, said that their iconic outlet in Charles Village will be closing for good in two weeks—July 15, to be exact.
The store’s incredible archive is marked down 35 percent for sale and has been moving out the door for weeks, but much remains, Solan said, Thursday afternoon. “We have a lot of really good DVDs and VHS left, maybe 100 from the Criterion Collection, 500 other DVDs of foreign films, at least a 1,000 in our ‘genre’ categories, and another 200 ‘classics,’” reported Solan. “We also haven’t put out our other stuff, we probably have a 1,000 out-of-print movies we had been renting.” The Video Americain store on Cold Spring Lane and the one in Takoma Park will remain open, Solan said. I didn't want to ask for how long.
While certainly not happy to shutter one of their stores, Solan said she was pleased at least that so many films had found “good homes.” She noted nearby Johns Hopkins bought 2,100 films from the store for the school's library collection.
“We have had great, loyal customers over the years and a knowledgeable, caring staff that built and...